\ ˈkrest \

Definition of crest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird — see bird illustration
b : the plume or identifying emblem worn on a knight's helmet also : the top of a helmet
c(1) : a heraldic representation of the crest
(2) : a heraldic device depicted above the escutcheon (see escutcheon sense 1) but not upon a helmet
d : a ridge or prominence on a part of an animal body
2 : something suggesting a crest especially in being an upper prominence, edge, or limit: such as
a : peak especially : the top line of a mountain or hill
b : the ridge of a roof
c : the top of a wave
3a : a high point of an action or process and especially of one that is rhythmic
b : climax, culmination at the crest of his fame


crested; cresting; crests

Definition of crest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a crest also : crown
2 : to reach the crest of crested the hill and looked around

intransitive verb

: to rise to a crest waves cresting in the storm

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Other Words from crest


crestal \ ˈkre-​stᵊl \ adjective
crestless \ ˈkrest-​ləs \ adjective

Examples of crest in a Sentence


at that point the filmmaker was at the crest of his critical acclaim, which included winning an Oscar the hiking party reached the crest of the mountain just as it began to thunder


We crested the hill and looked out around us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And the player who rejected national team call-ups for three years kissed the crest on his jersey in celebration. Brian Straus,, "Mexico Passes Another Kind of World Cup Test in Outlasting South Korea," 23 June 2018 At the crest of the Down, a huge beech tree once stood, but it was destroyed by a storm over 15 years ago. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 The two feet increase in the Ohio River marks the ninth highest crest ever recorded at that location. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Ohio River expected to rise Monday before Louisville flood waters recede," 25 Feb. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex received her crest directly from Kensington Palace shortly after her wedding, which breaks with royal tradition. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Every Single Time Meghan Markle's Broken Royal Protocol," 16 July 2018 Three red escallop shells are placed strategically in William and Kate's conjugal coat of arms in a nod to Princess Diana's family crest. Leah Silverman, Town & Country, "Will Meghan Markle's Family Receive a Coat of Arms Before Her Wedding?," 27 Mar. 2018 The Cape Fear River near the Duke Energy power plant was forecast to crest sometime over the next few days. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Flood Shuts Down N.C. Power Plant, Sweeps Waste Into River," 21 Sep. 2018 Instead, Lee pats the crest of the mouth with a translucent powder to blur the edges for a cooler look. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "8 Dark Lipstick Shades and How to Wear Them This Fall," 19 Aug. 2018 Based on recordings from witnesses, Weener also estimated that waves were around 4 feet, with a possibility of 6-foot crests. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Doomed Missouri duck boat faced near-hurricane winds: NTSB," 22 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Both should log heavy run, with Middleton a likely candidate to crest the 40-minute plateau. Doug Norrie,, "NBA DFS Picks for January 20," 20 Jan. 2018 Farther south, in North Cove, waves were close to cresting the roadway at the end of old State Route 105. Abby Spegman, The Seattle Times, "Washington’s coast battered by major waves, flooding," 20 Jan. 2018 Wages haven’t kept up with the pace of home prices, which is causing home prices to crest on the West Coast, but wages are rising. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why shrinking U.S. homes may be a boost to homebuyers," 29 Nov. 2018 Even highly taxed states like New York show figures cresting a billion dollars after 30 years of payments. Alex Horton, The Seattle Times, "So many people are buying Mega Millions tickets that unique number combinations are shrinking," 23 Oct. 2018 Gothic drama ensued from Rosalie Craig in Christopher Kane’s feathered sheath, and Coleman’s crested black-lace and tulle dress beguiled the room. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 The Waccamaw River in Conway, S.C., a city of about 23,000 people, was projected to crest at a record level on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "South Carolina Faces More Flooding as Rivers Continue to Crest," 25 Sep. 2018 The site received more than 30 inches of rain from Hurricane Florence, with the Cape Fear River expected to crest Saturday. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "North Carolina dam at retired power plant breaches, may release coal ash into river," 21 Sep. 2018 The winds of a hurricane literally blow water onshore, making beaches, inlets, and rivers crest much higher than usual. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence catastrophic flooding, rescues, and deaths: what we know," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of crest


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crest

Noun and Verb

Middle English creste, from Anglo-French, from Latin crista; probably akin to Latin crinis hair

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The first known use of crest was in the 14th century

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\ ˈkrest \

Kids Definition of crest

1 : a showy growth (as of flesh or feathers) on the head of an animal
2 : the highest part or point of something the crest of the wave the crest of a hill
3 : an emblem or design used to represent a family, group, or organization

Other Words from crest

crested \ ˈkres-​təd \ adjective


\ ˈkrest \

Medical Definition of crest

1 : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird
2 : a process or prominence on a part of an animal body: as
a : the upper curve or ridge of the neck of a quadruped (as a horse) also : the mane borne on such a crest
b : a ridge especially on a bone the crest of the tibia — see frontal crest, occipital crest

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